Vol. 79 Nbr. 1, January 2010
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- 'Our Big Mistake'.
- Harvested, but not forgotten.
- Dead serious, and yet flaky.
- Somewhere that's green.
- Go-o-o-o, Lemmings! Stomp Those Stormy Petrels!(Tuning Up) (Essay)
- My Brain on My Mind: a thrumming, plastic mystery allows us to think, feel, and remember.
- The Stolen Election: an expatriate Iranian writer travels her troubled homeland in the weeks after last summer's disputed presidential vote.
- Seventy Years Later: the Second World War destroyed Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich, but his legacy is showing disturbing signs of life.
- Epigrams on the Fig.
- Love in the Museum.
- Two Cardinals.
- Strange Matter: The Physics and Poetics of the Search for the God Particle.
- Wrestling with Two Behemoths: a longtime New Yorker, and New Yorker writer, gets the cold shoulder from powerful New York cultural institutions.
- The Blue Birds Come Today.
- Offbeat at the Apollo: Elvis Costello's Spectacle ranges across genres and centuries.
- The Study.
- Shylock, My Students, and Me: What I've learned from 30 years of teaching The Merchant of Venice.
- Science doubters: when healthy skepticism turns into unhealthy antagonism.
- Laissez-Faire run amok: the extremist, and enduring, philosophy of Ayn Rand.
- Riffs and raptures: Zadie Smith's essays offer crisp prose and hard-won insights.
- Wrestling the moose: Jefferson debunked a French theory of natural history, launching American exceptionalism.
- The tales buildings tell: architects can overwhelm their creations; time can make a hash of great visions.
- Through fire and flood: Faulkner's best fiction emerged from his willingness to face crises.
- William Zinsser: advises foreign students on writing well.